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Published on April 3, 2021

The Benefits of Poured Concrete

One of the best investments you can make is to have a concrete basement in your new custom house. Basements may be used for various purposes, ranging from an office to a guest bedroom, or simply as another place for you or your family to relax. Concrete is the most common basement material, and for a good reason. It is becoming more commonly used as finished flooring for basements because of its moisture resistance. Furthermore, concrete has a wide range of design possibilities and quickly becomes a typical interior design trend.

There are Types of Basements:

Precast panel basements

A crane lifts these concrete panels into place. The concrete is less water-resistant than poured concrete because it is not poured onto the base in this manner.

Masonry basements

Masonry, which is held together by brick and mortar, is typically a very long-lasting way to build a basement. On the other hand, its longevity is highly dependent on the consistency of the materials and artistry. You may be taking a chance if it isn't perfectly crafted.

Poured concrete basements

Poured concrete foundations are rock solid. Since the concrete flows directly from the ready-mix trucks into the base forms, this is the case. The strong concrete would be better able to withstand cave-ins caused by water, earth, or wind in this manner. It has a higher fire resistance due to the lack of joints.

This is why poured concrete is your best choice.

And if you've done your homework and chosen the best contractor for the job, it's a good thing to follow up with the contractor on a daily basis and see how they're going. Our concrete basement design team uses a general checklist to ensure that our requirements are met.

1.  Concrete Insulation

Exterior insulation protects from the extremes of soil, which climate change, and is crucial in reducing cracking potential. The wall retains a constant temperature and does not expand or contract significantly due to thermal fluctuations. Since the basement walls' temperature is kept close to that of the interior, warm interior air is unlikely to condense on the walls.

2.  Concrete Slab Moisture Protection

The more space in the basement, the more vulnerable it is to water pressure. For drainage purposes, we suggest a minimum 10cm layer of gravel distributed uniformly under the slab. The water pressure would be relieved from the slab's core by digging a 15 to 20-centimeter X-shaped trench, filling it with clean gravel, and connecting it to the drainage system. The pressure is released into the pathways and then into the drainage system as the water table increases. To drain appropriately, the top of the perimeter drain should be below the interior slab's bottom surface.

3.  Concrete Waterproofing

Concrete waterproofing is the process of applying a waterproof material coating to concrete that prevents water from entering and makes the surface waterproof, allowing it to withstand water damage. Concrete is a porous and permeable material that absorbs water, waterborne pollutants, and chemicals that cause concrete to deteriorate.

Since no one wants to buy a house with water leakage issues, the property value would rise. It provides a safe atmosphere and effective waterproofing systems aid in creating a clean living and working environment. It protects both the land and the people who live there. Our waterproofing system is the safest way to avoid moisture problems. This will not only keep water out of the basement but will also help to regulate humidity and improve air quality.

4.  Humidity

To complete the project, the average basement uses about 400 gallons of water in the cement. The majority of the water will escape within the first three months to a year. This is dependent on several factors, including the weather. Since the water used to build it may cause high humidity, it's critical to circulate the air or use a dehumidifier 1 to 2 months after it's done. If not addressed, the high humidity will lead to mildew. If the exterior of the foundation walls is coated with an insulation layer, the foundation walls' temperature would be even lower than that of the basement. This is the most effective long-term approach for humidity.

We have well-trained employees and engineers who adhere to integrity and work ethics, making clients eager to collaborate with us on future ventures. Don't hesitate to call us now.

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